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Leidsekade 97 (556 30 00).
An impressive turn-of-the-century hotel with a wonderful Art Deco interior, centrally located. The American boasts large, quiet rooms with modern conveniences, yet it still retains its original Art Deco charm. Some rooms overlook the bustling Leidseplein, others have views of the Singelgracht canal. The ground level Cafe Americain is the hotel's focal point, featuring large stained-glass windows and a beautiful Art Nouveau interior with chandeliers and murals. The Cafe has a large outside terrace with a nice view of the Leidseplein.
Rates double €150-€300.
[20 reviews, avg 8/10]
Professor Tulpplein 1 (622 60 60).
Amsterdam's most prestigious hotel, built in 1867 on the quiet and beautiful banks of the river Amstel, slightly out of the city center. The Amstel offers every service imaginable in its luxury rooms and suites; the staff will even provide you with your favorite music to make you feel at home. There are sumptuous communal areas with large chandeliers and lots of marble, and as you might expect this is celebrity territory. La Rive is Amstel's Michelin-starred restaurant, and the hotel has an attractive outdoor terrace with a good view of the river.
Rates double €320-€730; suites €420-€4005.
[4 reviews, avg 10/10]
Keizersgracht 384 (530 20 10).
The ultimate boutique hotel, created by British designer Anouska Hempel in an exceptional 17th century landmark on one of Amsterdam's most beautiful canals. The Dylan is 'fashionably small' with a distinctive and elegant interior, coupled with top class service and a restaurant to match. The hotel has 41 individually decorated rooms.
Rates double €295- €505, suites €1250-€1700.
[7 reviews, avg 8/10]
Oudezijds Voorburgwal 197 (555 31 11).
The former City Hall in the medieval city center has been converted into a truly grand hotel, with luxurious modern rooms which nonetheless reflect the building's history. The interior glows with marble floors and Oriental rugs, and a fountain graces the hotel's lovely courtyard. Especially the suites you'll have to book well in advance, as these are a favorite among CEO's and visiting celebs.
Rates double €220-€420, suites €520-€1500.
[10 reviews, avg 9/10]
Dam 9 (554 91 11).
Large hotel in a late nineteenth century building occupying one side of Dam square, directly opposite the Royal Palace. The hotel's centerpiece is the beautiful atrium with its steel-and-glass roof, housing the Victorian Wintertuin ('Winter Garden') restaurant. Excellent business facilities.
Rates double €350-€450; suites €580-€830.
[21 reviews, avg 8/10]
Hotel De L'Europe
Nieuwe Doelenstraat 2-8 (531 17 77).
This elegant late-nineteenth century hotel still retains its original atmosphere, making it second-only to the Amstel hotel in style and elegance. De l'Europe offers chic lodgings in a convenient location, and has an attractive outside terrace overlooking the river Amstel. Bord'Eau is the hotel's top class restaurant.
Rates double €275-€475; suites €385-€1290.
[3 reviews, avg 10/10]
Prinsengracht 315-331 (523 52 35).
Large but intimate first class hotel comprising 24 seventeenth-century canal houses. The Pulitzer has spacious and modern rooms, yet the narrow hallways and steep staircases contribute to its classic canal house atmosphere. Rooms overlook Prinsengracht canal or the very pleasant courtyard garden. Not all rooms can be reached by elevator.
Rates double €285-€455.
[15 reviews, avg 8/10]
Seven One Seven
Prinsengracht 717 (427 07 17).
The ultimate boutique hotel, Seven One Seven offers eight huge suites in a beautiful 18th century canalhouse. The interior is a perfect blend of modern objets d'art and antiques, and exudes intimacy and discretion. Fireplaces, the lovely courtyard garden and the perfect breakfasts all contribute to the atmosphere of delicate refinement. This all comes at a price of course, but nonetheless Seven One Seven is in high demand so try and book well in advance.
Rates double €425-680.
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